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New Bern proposes tighter regulations on pawn shops in crime crackdown

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

The city of New Bern is proposing tighter regulations on pawn shops to crack down on crime.

The proposal is to require pawn shops to give police daily, electronic reports of everything they've bought or sold. It would also require pawn shops to pay license fees that would, in turn, help the city pay for background checks on pawn shop employees.

Stolen goods are sometimes traced back to pawn shops, so the data reporting system might help police catch criminals faster, said city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts.

But some pawn shop managers say it's too much regulation.

"It gives them access to information they might not be privy to, that they might not need to have," said Michael Cashwell, a manager at Glenburnie Coins and Pawn on Neuse Blvd.

Meanwhile, others are all for it.

"It might deter people from selling goods at the pawn shop if they know it gets reported every day," said Trent Woods resident Chris Goodgion, who says he had two grinders and a saw stolen out of his vehicle last summer. He says he later found all three items in different pawn shops in James City, but was unable to get them back.

Aldermen will take public comment on the proposal Tuesday at 7 PM.

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